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Cancer Trends Progress Report – 2011/2012 Update

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Kidney Cancer Treatment

Since 2000, the use of complete nephrectomy in patients with localized and regional kidney cancer has decreased, while the rate of partial nephrectomy has increased.

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Benefits of Treatment

Partial nephrectomy rather than complete removal of the kidney may prevent serious side effects, including chronic kidney disease, while producing similar outcomes.

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Partial nephrectomy (removal of part of the kidney) or complete nephrectomy in patients with local-regional disease.

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Period – 2000–2008

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Trends – Partial nephrectomy increased rapidly, APC = 13.2 percent, from 2000 to 2004 and increased more slowly from 2004 to 2008.

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Most Recent Estimates

The rate of partial nephrectomy is 22 percent. The rate of complete nephrectomy is 62 percent.

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Healthy People 2020 Targets

There are no Healthy People targets for cancer treatment, including kidney cancer treatment.

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Key Issues

The use of partial nephrectomy should be encouraged when appropriate.

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Additional Information on Kidney Cancer Treatment

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